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My previous visit to the Salton Sea area yielded a ridiculous amount of images – none of which contained any clouds. I spent the better part of three days shooting in and around the salt-lake, and the entire time there wasn’t a cloud in sight – ridiculous.

Thankfully, for my second visit a couple of weeks ago, we were blessed with a day full of clouds that had potential to deliver a stunning sunset. We were not disappointed. As the sun started to dip below the low mountains, we were treated to some pretty great reds and oranges in the clouds.

This shot is of the curving shoreline of Bombay Beach.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
B+W 77mm 10 stop ND Filter

Brian Furbush - January 27, 2012 - 8:30 am

It’s a nice.

Chris DeAngelis - January 27, 2012 - 8:42 am

Sweet! I have something similar with a rusty barrel in it ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the processing here!

Rick Louie - January 27, 2012 - 9:47 am

Love how this shoreline leads out to the sunset!

Mike Olbinski - January 27, 2012 - 12:55 pm

Beautiful, that pier being isolated on the edge is nice.

Edith Levy - January 27, 2012 - 3:59 pm

Beautiful composition Heath.

Good Times

This will be the first of a few collage posts of images from my time in southern California. All but one of the photos in this post are from Joshua Tree National Park – the one exception is the orange tree which is in my inlaws’ backyard in Indio.

Mike Olbinski and Chris DeAngelis get a starring role in one photo each, and the last frame shows the whole crew walking amongst the Joshua trees.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
Canon 50mm f/1.4

Chris DeAngelis - January 25, 2012 - 7:25 am

Awesome dude! Love that group shot! The one of me on the rock is awesome too (the one you took on my Minolta is pretty awesome too!)

Chris Frailey - January 25, 2012 - 8:24 am

Good stuff Heath. I think the orange tree gives just enough color for the set. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great trip dude and looking forward to the next one.

Mike Olbinski - January 25, 2012 - 8:42 am

These all rock, love the group one! Reservoir Dogs baby!

Jesse Pafundi - January 25, 2012 - 8:44 am

Nice work dude. That last frame rocks.

Rick Louie - January 25, 2012 - 8:58 am

You guys look like a bunch of bada$$es in that group shot!

Rich Williams - January 25, 2012 - 9:31 am

That starry night shot of the tree seals the deal for me. Well done, Heath.

Brian Furbush - January 25, 2012 - 9:42 am

Dig these, looks like you had a blast out there.

Scott Ackerman - January 25, 2012 - 10:50 am

Nice! As soon as I saw the last shot, I immediately thought of the theme song from Kill Bill.

Rick Young - January 25, 2012 - 1:03 pm

Nice work Heath. Group shot is classic. Kill Bill, Resevoir Dogs, Hangover…

Curt Fleenor - January 25, 2012 - 5:42 pm

Sweet collection Heath, the group shot is epic.

A.Barlow - January 26, 2012 - 9:10 am

Nice set man. That last shot = LOL.

Adam Olson - January 26, 2012 - 11:16 am

Nice series Heath! I really like the group one at the end.

Kris Koeller - January 29, 2012 - 11:36 am

Great stuff. Really makes me miss the desert.

The Company We Keep – Joshua Tree | Chris DeAngelis | Photography - February 6, 2012 - 5:15 am

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Joshua Sunrise

The best part of the one night I spent camping in Joshua Tree was when the sun started to come up and I was forced to get out my freezing cold sleeping bag and go take photos. Sub-freezing overnight temperatures ensured that I didn’t get any sleep, so the rush of finding some good sunrise compositions was a welcome bit of activity.

I’m sure that all six of us who were camping got a silhouette shot similar to this one at sunrise. There were just enough clouds on the horizon to create some interesting colour, and those Joshua Trees are just too cool to pass up as a foreground element.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L

Adam Olson - January 24, 2012 - 7:29 am

Stunning colors Heath! Fantastic shot!

Rich Williams - January 24, 2012 - 7:35 am


Russ Scullen - January 24, 2012 - 7:35 am

Great colors! Nice silhouette.

Jesse Pafundi - January 24, 2012 - 8:03 am

Beauty, dude. Love the tones of your silhouette work.

Len Saltiel - January 24, 2012 - 8:07 am

Great silhouette Heath. The colors are outstanding

Brian Furbush - January 24, 2012 - 8:15 am

Good lord man, this is stunning. The colors are absolutely beautiful, and I’m a sucker for silhouettes.

Mike Olbinski - January 24, 2012 - 8:20 am

Nope, you killed me on this…love yours man.

jina - January 24, 2012 - 8:23 am

This is really very beautiful. In fact, it Prompted me to break out in a U2 medley. Nice work. ๐Ÿ™‚

Rick Louie - January 24, 2012 - 8:33 am

Wow, this looks like a painting! Love the colors – so vibrant!

Bob Lussier - January 24, 2012 - 8:34 am

Well done! Spectacular colors!

Chris Frailey - January 24, 2012 - 8:40 am

Love those colors.

A.Barlow - January 24, 2012 - 10:12 am

So much color in that sunrise. Beautiful!

Scott Ackerman - January 24, 2012 - 11:09 am

Beauty! Nice shot Heath!

Chris DeAngelis - January 24, 2012 - 2:23 pm

Yep! Beat me to it! I think I have a shot of the same tree ๐Ÿ™‚

Chris Lazzery - January 24, 2012 - 5:33 pm

Beautiful shot Heath. Really nice color!

CJ - January 26, 2012 - 7:14 am

Beautiful!!! The colors are awesome and I LOVE the comp!!! Well done!!

Cracking Up

When Rick Young turned off the highway and led us down a long dirt road towards the Salton Sea that ran next to an orange orchard, I wasn’t entirely sure that the location would work out. But as it turned out, this portion of the beach had some amazing photo ops and the six of us who made it down there each came away with some keepers.

A spent a good chunk of my time on this section of shoreline shooting towards the lake, but when I spotted this cracked earth and the mountains in the background I switched things up and shot in the opposite direction. I’m glad I did because as soon as I saw this long exposure on the LCD, I knew I had my shot of the day. Thanks for dragging us down that dirt road, Rick!

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
B+W 77mm 10 stop ND Filter

Mike Olbinski - January 23, 2012 - 7:28 am

Yup. Winner.

Loved it in your viewfinder, love it even more now.

Cheers to Rick for such a great spot.

Rick Young - January 23, 2012 - 7:32 am

That’s right. Cheers to me! I love this photo Heath and grabbed something similar myself, although Mike had my 10 stop at the time. #buyyourowndamnfilteryoubastard

Chris Nitz - January 23, 2012 - 7:39 am

Are those footprints I see as well? Loving that background!

Brian Furbush - January 23, 2012 - 7:41 am

Very cool dude, really love the dramatic cracks in the foreground, the slight vignette really helps to lead your eye down and through the frame.

Jesse Pafundi - January 23, 2012 - 7:58 am

Duderama. This is sick. Love the wide angle distortion on the lower half of the frame accentuating the cracked earth. Spectacular shot.

Len Saltiel - January 23, 2012 - 8:18 am

Very nice composition and textures Heath. The processing really works

A.Barlow - January 23, 2012 - 9:09 am

Wonderful shot man. It’s one of my fav things out there. The patterns the dry sand and dirt makes are just to good to pass up.

Adam Olson - January 23, 2012 - 9:44 am

Sweet photo Heath! Love drama and the details of the cracking Earth.

Jim Denham - January 23, 2012 - 10:56 am

Great shot Heath! Those cracks are awesome!

Scott Ackerman - January 23, 2012 - 11:06 am

Love that you chose the portrait layout for this shot. Those cracks lead you right into the frame. More than just a keeper here bud, great work.

Randy Bayne - January 23, 2012 - 11:17 am

Don’t know what I can add. This is a fantastic shot. Love the angle, the leading, background, all of it. Great exposure for that desolate Salton Sea look. Nailed it!

Chris Frailey - January 23, 2012 - 11:23 am

Crackled goodness. Who knew Rick was driving us to an epic spot. Love this one Heath.

Bob Lussier - January 23, 2012 - 11:45 am

This is great! Love the cracked earth and soft clouds.

Chris DeAngelis - January 23, 2012 - 12:26 pm

I don’t think I made it to this part of the beach! Was definitely a good find! Love the framing here and tones from the B+W! (Woo! I got to your site from work!)

LensScaper - January 23, 2012 - 3:26 pm

Fantastic wide-angle depth. The foreground is awesome. This is definitely shot of the day for me

Shan - January 23, 2012 - 4:41 pm

This is a super cool pic! (BTW… Love the “vertical landscape”!)

murphyz - January 23, 2012 - 5:32 pm

Great work Heath, really dig this shot.

Nathan Gilmer - January 25, 2012 - 5:27 pm

Oh man. It’s kinda creepy but I dig it.

Edith Levy - January 26, 2012 - 1:40 pm

I absolutely love this image Heath. Beautifully composed, the softness of the clouds, the tones look. Excellent.

Kris Koeller - January 29, 2012 - 1:19 pm

Great shot. Love the composition and post-processing choices.

Lone Sentinel

Wow. I can’t believe it’s been almost an entire month since I’ve posted anything here! I’ve been in a bit of a photographic funk for the last little while, so I didn’t feel much like shooting or spending much time on Twitter and around blogs – but I should be back in at least some capacity now.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of shooting in Joshua Tree National Park and around the Salton Sea with an awesome group of guys: Mike Olbinski, Chris DeAngelis, Rick Young, Chris Frailey, and Doug Wise. I was down in the Palm Springs area for a week of vacation and let these dudes (who are from Phoenix and the Fresno area) that I was thinking of camping one night in Joshua Tree and taking some photos, of course. These brave souls agreed to meet me, and we proceeded to freeze our butts off as temperatures dipped below freezing overnight! Despite the cold, we had a great time and I think we all came away with some shots we’re quite proud of. Make sure you stay tuned to all of our blogs for the photo goodness that is sure to come.

The first image I’ll share with you is from Bombay Beach on the Salton Sea (some of you may remember my series from this location last year). It was great to visit this unique location again – and doubly awesome to have some clouds in the sky this time!

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
B+W 77mm 10 stop ND Filter

Mike Watrous - January 19, 2012 - 7:22 am

Great shot Heath!

Mike Olbinski - January 19, 2012 - 7:23 am

Sick, as I suspected from seeing the back of your camera. Love the isolation. Simply amazing.

Brian Furbush - January 19, 2012 - 7:29 am

Dude, this is sick. Love how the cloud movement just blends into the water as well.

Jesse Pafundi - January 19, 2012 - 7:40 am

Finally. A Heath O’Fee post has showed up in my RSS. Unacceptable time off. This shot rules.

Rick - January 19, 2012 - 7:45 am

Love the isolation and the mood of this image. Well done! Adding this on a list of places to visit.

Scott Ackerman - January 19, 2012 - 7:47 am

Boom! You are killing the 10 stop lately bud. Amazing work.

Len Saltiel - January 19, 2012 - 7:52 am

Amazing shot Heath. Great subdued coors and what a reflection!

Eden - January 19, 2012 - 8:03 am

Gorgeous! The water looks like satin fabric.

Chris DeAngelis - January 19, 2012 - 8:06 am

I loved this when you showed it to me on your camera and love it more now! Great shot! It was awesome to hang out and shoot with you again!

Chris Frailey - January 19, 2012 - 8:14 am

Love this one Heath. You’ve got 10 stop goodness and minimalism all in one package.

Randy Bayne - January 19, 2012 - 9:47 am

Amazing shot Heath. Love the isolation, the reflection, and the 10-stop goodness.

Adam Olson - January 19, 2012 - 10:30 am

Awesome shot Heath! Glad to have you back, I actually was just thinking to myself this morning that I hadn’t seen much from you lately. Love how the water almost disappears into the sky. Well done!

Curt Fleenor - January 19, 2012 - 11:37 am

And what a shot to start off with – beautiful isolation.

Rick Young - January 19, 2012 - 7:25 pm

Fantastic brother.

A.Barlow - January 20, 2012 - 10:50 am

Love this shot man. I tried to get a shot of this exact thing when I was there but some crazy dude and his “band mates” decided to converge on just about every frame I tried to get. (grr)

Anyways man, I told Mike that the next time you guys all come down, if possible, hit me up and I’ll show you all some other cool spots you might have missed. (If you can stand the smell at times that is) ๐Ÿ™‚

Kris Koeller - January 29, 2012 - 1:19 pm

Awesome shot. Love the minimalism.

Between A Rock and A Sunset | Chris DeAngelis | Photography - March 16, 2012 - 5:24 am

[…] the rock and I wanted to include the lone pillar just hanging out in the water. My buddy Heath had shot that earlier and thought that I would take a different perspective to include the little guy in my […]